Let's start with the conclusion this time:
"The Bottom Line: BMW outdoes itself—again."
Pretty good review by the fellows at BussinessWeek and in my opinion BMW gets the deserved thumbs-up. In case you missed our article,back in March, our colleague Josh has reviewed the BMW M3 E92(coupe) as well and he had only great things to say about it.
Here is an excerpt from their review:
For power, performance, and near-perfect engineering, the new BMW M3 may well be worth the $17,000 premium over the regular 3 Series
BMW (BMWG) set itself up for a potential fall with the introduction last year of the latest generation of its 335i sedans and coupes. The 335i is such a sweet-handling car—and so incredibly quick—that it eclipsed the previous generation M3, which is supposed to be the fastest model in the 3 Series lineup.
Indeed, BMW temporarily dropped the M3 for the '07 model year, and it wasn't clear to many outsiders how the company could surpass the 335i by a sufficient margin to justify the M3's traditional premium price. I've just test-driven the '08 M3 Coupe, the fourth generation of the M3, and I have to say BMW did a masterful job with it.
The new M3 eclipses the 3 Series in dozens of small increments that add up to notably better handling. Whether the M3 is worth its premium price is another matter. The M3 Coupe starts at $58,575, including a $1,300 federal gas guzzler tax—which is 17 Gs more than the $41,575 starting price of the '08 335i Coupe. Personally, I'd probably bank the extra $22,500 and content myself with a BMW 228i, which is a bit slower and starts at a "mere" $36,075, but that's just me.
If you want the crème de la crème in this class of BMW, pay up for the M3.